STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. – A 22-year-old found guilty of leaving the scene of a 2012 fatal crash where his friend, the victim, was not found until hours later, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years on Friday.
Brendan Hoffman, 22, was previously found guilty in the alcohol-related crash that killed his friend.
A witness saw the vehicle flip over in June, and called police. The witness stated they saw a white vehicle pulling up to the scene and the driver of the flipped car get out, climb into the other car, and drive away.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the car but no occupants. Upon further investigation they discovered the driver, Hoffman, had been taken to Berkshire Medical Center where he told his father hours after the crash that his best friend and passenger, 24-year-old Christopher Baker, had also been in the car. His father then called the sheriff’s office.
Police say Baker had been ejected more than 100 feet from the wreckage, where his body was found.
Hoffman was convicted of 3 counts of Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree, 3 counts of Driving While Intoxicated, Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Auto Accident W/O Reporting.
In court, the judge dismissed the DWI counts against Hoffman, and moved forward with sentencing.
Hoffman cried as the victim’s mother, Nancy Baker, read her victim impact statement. As she spoke, she laid out all her son will miss.
Brian Baker’s also read his victim impact statement, laying out how he misses his son.